My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Ruths Reusable Resources, Portland, ME, USA
It's hard to imagine how much brand new stuff businesses have to give away. It's very different in schools. Ruth's gives businesses a way to turn a terrible waste into a beautiful gift. Decent office furniture in a school is almost non-existent. What teacher would order himself a new chair? He would feel as if he were cheating his students out of some scarce supplies. The principal has a desk held together with strips of wood and dry wall screws. A drawer front is held on with duct tape. She wouldn't order a new desk. She would be embarrassed and the voters might be angry. Ruth's gives the folks a chance for new or nearly new stuff they would otherwise never get. The Ruth's crew is mostly volunteers and yet they know their way around the warehouse. They're brisk and efficient and friendly. Someone there does a terrific job training volunteers.
Ruth, Mary and all the rest of the crew provide a much needed service to us. Without them, we would do without. When I drive my truck to Ruth's, I feel like I'm on the Polar Express. When I get back to my school, I'm a believer again.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the several trips I make every year to Ruth's Reusables. Many of my teacher colleagues go more often.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
offer more furniture days.